January
22

The Watchlist Updated – Gameweek 24

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Paul

Chelsea’s Spanish schemer takes a rise in our weekly refresh of the Watchlist rankings, though Rafa Benitez’s rotation dents the prospects of their new man up front. Arsenal’s kind run of fixtures keeps them in our thoughts following on from the double, while Sunderland’s new-found thirst for goals also plays a significant part in our update. As always, you can view our current standings in the sidebar on the right and read on for the details behind the recent movements and the factors at play behind our thinking.

Goalkeepers

Wojciech Szczesny retains his top spot, courtesy of three home games in the following four as Arsenal prepare to welcome Liverpool, Stoke and Villa to the Emirates. Simon Mignolet is close on the Pole’s heels in second – one clean sheet in four has somewhat dented his appeal, though he continues to offer the most obvious and secure route into Sunderland’s backline.

Asmir Begovic is a non-mover in third. While Stoke’s recent poor defensive form has seen him beaten 13 times in his previous four, the Bosnian is afforded three favourable home games (WIG, REA, WHM) in the next five to cement his place at the top of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) keeper standings. With Tony Pulis still uncertain over a return date for Marc Wilson and Andy Wilkinson missing out last weekend due to a recurrence of a back problem, we’re currently without an obvious budget alternative in the Potters defence.

Michel Vorm takes a step up our Watchlist rankings. The Swansea stopper has been beaten just four times in five matches since returning from injury – Vorm may have three away games in the next four but his owners will be undeterred; the Welsh club have the best defensive record on the road, conceding just nine times. Ben Davies’ form is the only downside to acquiring the Dutchman, however, with the left-back’s budget appeal and attacking returns likely to deter many from investing in the Swans’ goalkeeper.

Jussi Jaaskelainen remains in the mix – West Ham’s next three (ful, SWA, avl) look prosperous, with the Finnish international offering the security of save points to fall back on should his side concede, while Adam Federici and Mark Bunn are our preferred budget stoppers in light of their respective schedules.

Defenders

Leighton Baines returns to the top of the pile thanks to back-to-back clean sheets in the past couple of Gameweeks. Everton seem to have rediscovered their resilience once again and with spot-kick and set-piece duties in his locker, Baines’ double figure haul at Newcastle in Gameweek 21 served a reminder of his propensity to pick up points at both ends of the pitch. With two favourable home fixtures to come, including a clash with Villa – a side so vulnerable to set-piece delivery, Baines looks strong in the short-term.

United’s favourable run of upcoming fixtures earns Patrice Evra a leap in our estimations. With the United midfield struggling to justify any level of investment this season, the Frenchman has racked up four goals and five assists and now faces five of the current bottom nine over the next six Gameweeks as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side look to push on at the summit. Jonny Evans is a cheaper alternative but with concerns over his hamstring, we’re leaving him out of the equation for now – Ferguson has hinted Evans is now his first-choice centre-half, though; when fit again, his cheaper price tag could tempt plenty new suitors. Rafael is, of course, the other route to explore – although with European football back on the agenda soon and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both fit, there could be rotation on the horizon for the Brazilian.

Both Kieran Gibbs and David Luiz slide a little after their double Gameweeks but the pair stay in the top five thanks to their upcoming fixtures. Gibbs’ five assists highlight his attacking potential and while Luiz is handed a stay of execution thanks to his set-pieces and share of spot-kicks, a move back to central defence somewhat dents his appeal. It remains to be seen if Luiz is recalled to a midfield role at Readin and Rafa Benitez’s rest and rotation may force a reassessment of the Chelsea backline situation, with Cesar Azpilicueta staking a strong case as a cheaper alternative. John Terry’s return to the side will, however, put matters in flux once again.

Ben Davies’ 10 point haul against Stoke last weekend has already seen his price rise – nevertheless, a cost of just 4.3 continues to look a bargain ahead of Swansea’s upcoming schedule and plenty more investment can be expected, with the left-back offering the cheapest route into Michael Laudrup’s defence. Joey O’Brien’s return from injury brings the West Ham full-back onto Fantasy radars once more. While Guy Demel is 0.5 cheaper, O’Brien’s points per game average (4.5 to 2.9) highlights their respective displays so far.

Midfielders

Theo Walcott holds firm at the top here. Shifted back to the flank against Chelsea on Sunday, he still produced the goods – the expected return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for tomorrow’s game with West Ham should afford him the chance to move back up front once again. With returns in eight of his last 10, Walcott’s superb form manages to stave off the threat of Juan Mata but there’s not much between them. The Spaniard has now established a seven point gap at the top of the FPL midfield standings – his goal against the Gunners last weekend means he has now scored or assisted in 13 of his last 15 starts. Despite rotation concerns, Mata is firmly established as the weapon of choice amongst the Chelsea attackers, with Eden Hazard becoming a differential by comparison as the Belgian’s ownership continues to drop.

Marouane Fellaini keeps third spot, despite a run of five games without a goal. The Everton man has chipped in with bonus or assists in his last three and welcomes West Brom, Villa and Reading to Goodison in the next five, in addition to a trip to Norwich. Similar to Fellaini, Michu stays in the top five thanks to a kind upcoming schedule – his form has been poor, with just one goal and an assist in the league from Gameweek 17 onwards, but we’re backing him to come good once again with statistics showing that he remains amongst the most threatening midfielders on show, despite his recent drought.

Compared to Walcott and Mata, Gareth Bale has offered little consistency in the premium bracket of late. The Welshman has scored or assisted in just one of his last six appearances – nevertheless, that 21 point haul in Gameweek 19 served a reminder of his explosive qualities. With five sets of double figures to his name, Bale will be hoping to return to form ahead of games against Norwich, West Brom, Newcastle and West Ham in the next four, though there’s no doubt he’s testing the patience.

Steven Gerrard and David Silva both climb, with the Liverpool skipper in a remarkable run of form. A goal or assist in nine of his previous 10 keeps him firmly in our thoughts as the Reds make their way to Arsenal and City, while Silva’s consistency of starts is a selling point as rotation up top at City remains an issue. Santi Cazorla plummets down the rankings with Walcott the preferred Arsenal midfield coverage of many, though the playmaker still has the potential to produce – his assist at the Bridge keeps him in the top five scoring FPL midfielders this season. If you wish to double on Arsenal’s attacking potential, Cazorla will perhaps be preferred to Lukas Podolski up top.

Further down, plenty of mid-price protagonists are vying for our attention due to form and/or fixtures. Jon Walters, Adam Johnson, Adel Taarabt and Joe Cole are all worthy of consideration over the next few for Fantasy managers scouring the market for midfield alternatives.

Forwards

Robin Van Persie and Luis Suarez remain immovable objects at the top of the forward ranking, while Edin Dzeko also keeps his place in the top three. The Bosnian has started each of the last four for City and has scored or assisted in all of those fixtures – at just 7.5, he remains a strong value route into Roberto Mancini’s frontline, despite the permanent threat of rotation.

Steven Fletcher moves to the front of the chasing pack. The Sunderland man has been in superb form of late and has an eye-catching schedule on his agenda – plenty have already snapped up the 7.0 priced Scot this week after his double at the DW on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge’s first league start for Liverpool saw the former Chelsea man continue his run of a goal per game since moving to Merseyside – his mid-price appeal could sway many looking for ways to save budget, with the fixtures falling kindly from Gameweek 26 onwards for Brendan Rodgers’ side. It’s early days but there’s no doubt that continued form from Sturridge and any marked decline in Suarez’s output will shake things up when it comes to considering Liverpool’s attacking assets.

Elsewhere, Demba Ba’s sub role against Arsenal casts doubts over his consistency of game time under Rafa Benitez – his ability to produce is undbouted but Ba looks increasingly likely to be vulnerable from his manager’s rotational whims on every third fixture. Wayne Rooney comes back into the picture after recovering from a knee injury, though Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to bench him at Spurs in favour of Shinji Kagawa is likely to deter many from jumping aboard any bandwagon, with Van Persie’s game time looking far more assured and is returns ridiculously consistent.

The likes of Rickie Lambert and Pavel Pogrebnyak look appealing options for those eyeing up a five man midfield, while Jermain Defoe, Papiss Cisse and Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping to benefit from some kind upcoming fixtures to rebuild their standing with Fantasy managers.

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  1. Do you think Aguero will start or continue to be eased back in with another bench appearance?

    Considering Suarez RVP Fletcher to turn into > Aguero RVP Sturridge

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. He should start.

      Well we can wait and see this week. The teamsheet will be out before FPL deadline.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. He'll start. A week and a half between matches so plenty of time to build his fitness even more. We'll have the teamsheet before the deadline anyway.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. Yeah valid point. Guess I'll have Plan A and B in case he is or isn't starting.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. This is exactly what I'm considering, might go with RVP Aguero Fletcher for now with Sunderland and Man City having much more appealing fixtures than Liverpool.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  2. Yeah finally got my defense and all WC sorted out.
    I know you're not supposed to plan for long term transfer and all but meh I got them sorted out in this condition.

    DDG - 3.9
    Nasty - Dawson - Davies - Cameron - Pearce
    Mata - Walcott - Michu - Bale - Fellaini
    RVP - Aguero - Pogre

    Transfers
    GW 26: Fellaini Pogre -> Marveux Sturridge.
    GW 28: Bale Dawson -> Fellaini A.Cole.
    GW 29: Downgrade Cameron -> Wilson.
    GW 31: DDG Davies -> Ruddy/Szeczny Enrique.

    I'll have this squad by GW 31.

    Sir Cezny 3.9
    Nasty - A. Cole - Enrique - Wilson - Pearce
    Mata - Walcott - Michu - Fellaini - Marveux
    RVP - Aguero - Sturridge

    Not looking too shabby is it? 😉

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. I wouldnt get Aguero right now. I'd wait and watch for another week in all honesty.

      Plus, your team is not going to look like that come GW 31 for sure.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. He's looking good when he came of the bench last time around. You can say it's my punt, trying to beat the market. If he starts this week I'll get him.
        But if not I have alternatives in Dzeko or Fletcher before getting him in.

        Yeah I know I was just playing around with it and planning out some potential transfers

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. dont plan for that far!!!! there may be many hurdles!!!!

      like injuries???bans???

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Yeah I know I was just playing around with it and planning out some potential transfers.
        My guideline for transfers so to say but I won't stuck with it 100% as there will definitely be unexpected conditions. 😀

        But yeah for my current team. Looking fine?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  3. Guys,

    Currently on my wildcard, which combo is the best going forward

    A) Shaw, Sterling, Suarez

    B) Nastasic, Fellaini, Benteke

    Thanks

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. I was leaning towards B, just worried about Suarez, seems to get 3BP every game

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. same with Fellaini .. 5 baps in last 2 games.. he has some tasty fixtures coming up.. West Brom (H), Aston Villa (H), Man Utd (A), Norwich (A), Reading (H)

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. B, although not convinced by Benteke.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Scholes and Giggs 😆

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. "I'm too old for this shi(r)t!"

        😀

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. tw

      😀

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  4. tw

    if you had to pick one for your team who would you get, clyne or onu?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. tw

        why?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. nailed in.. QPR have parked the bus under Harry..

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Depends on your defensive rotation. But arbitrarily, i like the look Clyne a lot. I've been watchign most of So'tons games and I think he's a super RB.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. tw

        both work equally as well.

        comes down to onuoha (MUN, avl) vs clyne (new, LIV)

        rotation aside you say clyne though?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. dul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Clyne if u ask me.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Onu i think, Southamton's defence is fundamentally poor, despite some decent performances.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Disagree. It is their fat goalkeeper who is fundamentally poor. 😉

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. Their defensive stats in the members area are just awful.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. *in team stats

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. ... along with at least 6 other teams. And theirs are improving.

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. I'd get Onu. I don't rate Southampton defensively.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. Clyne. He has much more chance of scoring or assisting. Also, despite 'Arry's work, QPR's defence is gash.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. Onuoha - Better chance to get cleansheet.
      Clyne - Better chance to get assist ,cleansheet is a bonus .So far 3 assist this season.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  5. The Norwegian and Solskjaer "student", Vegard Forren, will probably come in around 4.0 in the Southampton defence. Could be interesting to follow him.

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. If im going for a soton def at 4.0 its clyne.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. apparently, he is a very good defender too!

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. he won the player of the year in the league playing as defender, that's how good he is.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. like PASCAL CYGAN, who was voted player of the year in the French First Division two seasons prior joining Arsenal.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
  6. Any word on Cuellar's injury?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
  7. What do people make of BAE's stuff about Naughton?

    Will AVB keep him out through spite? Was seriously considering bringing him in this week.

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. No. He has just kindly pointed out that Naughton is right-footed ... 😉

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. AVB might not have been aware I suppose. Leave it one more week, do you think?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. No. He is already in! 😉

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. Might mean playing Harte against Chelsea but who cares!

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. That's the spirit! 😀

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. You have to admire BAE's honesty

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  8. Which is better

    Current Team

    Begovic (Jasskelainen)
    Rafael Azpilicueta O'Brien (Shaw Cameron)
    Santi Mata Walcott Michu (Puncheon)
    RVP BA Podolski

    WC Team

    Begovic (Boruc)
    Rafael Azpilicueta O'Brien (Shaw Cameron)
    Bale Mata Silva Michu (Puncheon)
    RVP Fletcher Suarez

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. WC team. I dont like Boruc though

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. I dont mind Boruc?
        Am i wise getting ba out for podolski?
        Walcott out?
        gerrard poss for silva?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. I hate him. Nothing to do with FPL just dont like the man
          Id sell Ba & Podolski
          Walcott is on the fence for me. Im not sure on that one
          Silva over Stevie G

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
  9. In what order would you rate the following players over the next 2 gws -

    Bale (nor, wba)
    Fellaini (WBA, AVL)
    Walcott (LIV, STK)
    Mata (rdg, new)

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. tw

      i'd rate them enough to get all 4 😀

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Haha, I thought someone would say that. I cant afford them all with VP and Aguero,

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. sure can. cue my WC team.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
        2. tw

          :D.

          already use your wc? i'm getting all 4 plus rvp aguero and studge. jafa-esque defense though 😀

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. yyyep.

            my WC tem so far:-

            DDG Bunn
            Zaba Gibbs Davies Demel Pearce
            Mata Walcott Bale Afro Punch
            RVP Kun Fletch

            0.5 itb to do Fletch > Studge later on.

            lemme see the jafa-esque defense. who knows, it might get more CS!

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. Whats your team value?

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
              1. TV 108.7. used to be higher before i got rid of Michu & Suarez recently. selling value is 105.9.

                0.6 itb actually, would have extra 0.3 if i keep Bego.

                • 3 years, 13 days ago
            2. tw

              bego bunn
              dawson cueller davies demel clyne/onu

              and i've got marv over punch

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
              1. i'd say don't get dawson. too temporary.

                if i go marv instead of punch, i'll have 0.6 more itb! damn, that's a lot of money.

                • 3 years, 13 days ago
                1. tw

                  no other def i really like at that price though...

                  :D.

                  • 3 years, 13 days ago
                  1. i'd go for r.martin if i were you.

                    • 3 years, 13 days ago
                  2. tw

                    over dawson??

                    • 3 years, 13 days ago
        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Mata
      Walcott
      Bale
      Fellaini

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. but I'd get 4 of them if I were you as TW pointed out. Mata and Wally is fixture proof, Bale is somewhat too and he's 'due', while Fellaini got the best fixture.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. Bale
      Mata
      Fellaini
      Walcott

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. Mata at the bottom. The other three you have/get.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. Bale
      Fellaini
      Mata
      Walcott

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  10. have Mignolet from GW14.. Federici or Boruc for 2nd goalie? is Boruc nailed in?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Federici. Boruc is totally crap, imo.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. He was good in his day. Now hes crap.

        He's always been a bit of a C U Next Tuesday

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. noticed the other night he doesn't seem to be blessing himself these days.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. Imagine that.

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
          2. He is too fat to get his arm up. 😉

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Fed.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. look for rotation
      boruc fix are aweful

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  11. Whats your link all about TW

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. It's a bunch of H2H competitions for the FFS regulars, which is based on the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and another league of other European teams. If you follow the site you will be notified of when applications open for next season, as sadly, this season has already commenced.

      Feel free to take a look around the site to see what it involves.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. tw

        what he said 😀

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  12. Is Johnson a reasonable alternative to Fellaini or am I talking mad shit?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. You are talking mad shit. Give A. J. a year or so. :-)

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Im sure we said that 3 years ago :)

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. Oh! 😆 You may well be right, at that.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. I don't think he will score as many points as Fellaini but do think he is a good pick.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. no fellaini is a 2nd striker
      johnson is a winger

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. Cheers...

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. Not a bad option, but very unlikely to match Fellaini.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Fell is defensive mid atm, not second striker

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  13. I posted this earlier...still funny though.

    Granville's last 15 minutes on his WC...

    19 Jan 11:30 Bale to Gerrard
    19 Jan 11:29 Gerrard to Bale
    19 Jan 11:15 Bale to Gerrard

    😀

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. AJ.

      24 Jan 11:30 Gerrard injured.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. basically he flipped he a coin
      ....
      then decided best 2 out of 3
      ....
      then decided best 3 out of 5
      .......

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. He used to be indecisive ... but now he's not so sure ... 😉

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. I can't claim that one without my Partridge grav!

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
          • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. 😀

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  14. I like this 'power 5' mid feild but i always like at least one good def and 2 good good strikers. My WC as it stands is -

    Begovic Foster
    Cameron Baines Nasty Demel Davies
    Michu Fellaini Taarabt Punch Mata/Bale
    VP Aguero Berba/Fletcher

    I prefer the balance there. Whats everyone elses thoughts?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. I'm the same. I will have three. Berbatov's form is awful.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. It really is but He has WHU, MUN. I'll likely sell for Sturr after that.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. Djeko, Defoe(yes, Defoe!) or Fletcher.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. If its Dzeko & Aguero up top v QPR I might just do that. I cant afford Defoe. Fletcher is an option but last time i checked his stats they were awful

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. Well, they are much better now!

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
          2. Defoe might be injured by the way.

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. What, how, where, when, why?

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. that's not a power 5 midfield
      i can get a power 5 midfield if i get silva and pog in for cole and cisse out
      i end up with:
      walcott mata silva michu fellaini in mid

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Its not the power 5. I dont like / rate pog. Silva on the other hand is a good shout.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  15. Nani ???

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Mummy?

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. We had to fire her, son. I'm sorry. 😉

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. rooney injured, no game time for him?

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. Rooney is back, resting his fat arse on the pine.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. Apparently, he reinjured his knee while training in Qatar.

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. 😯 Really??? Feck, these jollies are stupid, no?

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. noooooooo

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. It makes the world go round,

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7bz4tO2eM1rys4czo3_400.gif

      Fergie likes to play without wingers now and again, depending on opposition.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. (I used to be on board, until i remembered this)

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    6. Fergie would've got rid of him already if they get Lucas Moura. enough said.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  16. Anyone else out there choose Hazard ahead of Mata?
    I was so close to bringing Mata in before xmas(prior to ARS or spurs match where he scored 2) and decided to wait until after that GW but it never happened. not sure if im being stubborn now but i actually think Hazard is the better footballer and being overlooked considering such a small difference in points total and the fact he is 0.6 cheaper?

    Also
    anyone think Gibbs was excellent at the weekend? dont think he made 1 mistake and got in some great positions yet again..well worthy of a BP IMO and a cert in my squad for the rest of the season along with Shaw Michu and RVP.
    Another really impressive player over the last few weeks has been Dembele..probably doesnt get enough assists or goals to warrant a place in a FFT but what a player!
    That is all :)

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. No
      Ok
      No.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. i think mata is better in FPL terms and reality
      however hazard is a bit of a differential these days so can be useful if ur chasing (at least until moses is back)
      gibbs is great mostly coz he is the most guaranteed starts in the arsenal team, and he also goes forward
      dembele imo wouldv sold a lot of problems for fergie if manu made a move for him in the summer

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  17. which all teamsheets will be in before the deadline this week??

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. All the ones on that day.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  18. So will there be a DGW for Swansea or Chelsea, or will their league game scheduled for GW26 (is it?) be played the midweek before/after so it's still in GW26?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Midweek after I reckon unless there's an FA Cup replay...

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. If there is another DGW i'm going to cry.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Get the tissues ready lad.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. 😀

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. Say Whaaaat?

      *Takes out bottle of vodka from drawer in office desk

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. I need to send you some decent whisky. 😉

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. ... I said DEESUNT! 😉

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
              1. :-) Why are you tagging me with this drivel? 😉

                • 3 years, 13 days ago
      2. Sounds like JPT final week that.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. So I remember you saying you were the champ, when was the re-re-replay?

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. Last week.

            Me 80
            You 59

            YEaaaahhh!

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
            1. So is there a replay every GW your score is better than mine? Cheeky tactics, I might try that one. 😉

              • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. Its GW27.

      I think both the Liverpool v Swans & the Chelsea v Man City could be moved to midweek (the same GW). I do remember this being the same last year (or the year before) and it was moved to later in the season.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. I don't think I can take another one...

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. *considers whether to go into the beta-blockers business*

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    6. Okay, ta all.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  19. What does everyone reckon of my WC team - for GW24

    Begovic (Cerny)
    Dawson Azpilicueta Nastasic (Clyne, Davies)
    Bale Gerrard Hazard Michu (Diame)
    RVP Dzeko Lambert

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
  20. Which WC front 8 seems better to you:

    3-4-3 version:
    Bale - Michu - Walcott - Mata - GUTHRIE
    FLETCHER - SUAREZ - Rvp

    3-5-2 version:
    Bale - Michu - Walcott - Mata - SILVA
    STURRIDGE - POGREBNYAK - Rvp

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. I'd go A, Fletcher and Suarez to outscore Silva and Sturridge (presuming Guthrie and Pog are bench fodder).

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Tough call, probably edge towards second one myself

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Cheers to all.

        It's just that i haven't seen this version of heavy 5 mids, i thought i'd throw it out here and see what people think.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  21. Cerny / Begovic
    Nastasic / Onuoha / Azpilicueta / Davies / Demel
    Mata / Fellaini / Walcott / Puncheon / Bale
    Aguero / Benteke / Van Persie

    Puncheon/Benteke rotate rather nicely and I can always make some wiggle room to get Sturridge in 2 weeks if it goes to pot. Beyond that, how does it look? Is Begovic/Cerny a viable combo or should I downgrade Nasty/Azpi and look at a better back-up?

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. I don't believe that Begovic/Cerny is a goer.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Why?

        I'm thinking a 3.9 keeper is the way to go too

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
        1. Events, dear boy - events. It would be such a bugger to use a transfer on a goalie. I will have Mignolet and Federici.

          • 3 years, 13 days ago
          1. What does "events" mean? I don't really want to choose a keeper to play every week, inevitably getting it wrong most times.

            • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. I'd downgrade one of the two, probably Azpilicueta (rotation risk when Terry is back), and look to get Fed.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. I say this, but I'm seriously considering the 3.9 keeper option with Szczesny.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  22. Odds for tonight:

    Anytime goal
    Wally 1.91
    Pod/Giroud 2.0
    Caz 2.75
    C Cole 4.33
    Nolan 4.50
    J. Cole 6.50

    Clean sheet:
    Ars 2.25
    Wham 6.50

    Correct Score:
    Shortest odds are for Ars to win 1-0, 2-1, 2-0

    To score 2 goals or more
    Wally 5.00
    Pod/Giroud 5.50

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. Walcott 1.91? Where do i sign?

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. William Hill

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Odds look good for my team. Let us pray.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  23. FYI there are grumblings on Spurs forums/twitter that Defoe has a minor injury that will keep him out for 2-3 weeks.

    Might be bollox but just a heads up.

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. What would that mean? Dempsey up front?

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    2. Dempsey up top?

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    3. Oh. Bugger - thanks, Scroobius.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
    4. Dempsey up front? The plot thickens. This WC team is getting confusing. http://i.imgur.com/0rieYZB.jpg

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
        • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Hmmm ... Dempsey ... double Spurs ...

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
      2. tw

        😀

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
    5. bale upfront isnt a bad shout

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
  24. New post bishes

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    • 3 years, 13 days ago
  25. What do you guys think of this WC team? Got a few days to tinker with it.

    Begovic-Bunn
    Davies(Swa)-Bassong-Riether-Evra-O'Brien
    Mata-Silva-Walcott-JCole-DeGuzman
    Henriquez-RVP-Benteke

    Also have 1.1 to spend.

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. looks nteresting alot of differentials in there attacking wise which hopefully pay off for you maybe consider sturridge in a couple weeks.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      1. Yeah. Henriquez is a short-term plug. I should be able to hold off on a transfer next week and get Sturridge in the one after.

        • 3 years, 13 days ago
  26. premature question but I'll ask anyway..

    Small issue with my team this week is to play

    A Gibbs(LIV)
    or
    B Davies (sun)

    Thanks for your answers

    • 3 years, 13 days ago
    1. I'd say Davies.

      • 3 years, 13 days ago
      • 3 years, 11 days ago
  27. WC team ..... 4-5-1

    Any thoughts.

    De Gea, (Rudd)
    Zabaletta, Evra, Azpilicueta (Wisdom, Naughton)
    Michu, Mata, Fellaini, Gerard, Walcott.
    RVP, (Pogrebnyak, Anichebe)

    Considering downgrading my 3 expensive defenders to upgrade one striker to Suarez for 4-4-2.

    Hmmm really not sure about this one

    • 3 years, 12 days ago
  28. plz help me with my team guys

    KRUL/MIGNOLET
    HARTE / MARIAPPA / DAVIES / O'"BRIEN / GIBBS
    GERRARD / MICHU / NOBLE / WALCOTT / MARVEAUX
    RVP / SUAREZ / AGUERO
    PLEASE LEAVE YOUR CMNTS FR NECESSORY CHANGES

    • 3 years, 11 days ago
    1. STOP SHOUTING

      • 3 years, 11 days ago

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